There are a host of reasons for visiting Tenerife – the largest of the Canaries, which the classicists rightly called ‘the Fortunate Isles’. Fortunate, too, in having such a wonderful winter and spring climate for visitors from the freezing north! An island of contrasts – miles of sun-drenched coastline surround Spain’s highest mountain, Mount Teide. Accessible by cable car and often snow-capped, the desolate volcanic slopes of Teide are a world away from the tropical vegetation of the banana plantations and the botanic gardens below. You stay in the north part of the island where the traditional villages, the UNESCO-listed university town of La Laguna and historic Puerto de la Cruz are totally different in feel to the commercialised resorts of the south.
- Seven nights half board at the 4-star Blue Sea Costa Jardin & Spa
- Three fully guided walking excursions in very different areas of the island
- Services of walking guides and a PTS representative
- Return flights and coach transfers
-option to extend your holiday by a week
Day One: Flight to Tenerife Sur Reina Sofia Airport. Transfer to your hotel in Santa Ursula (about one hour away) for seven nights half board accommodation.
Days Two to Seven: In resort with three included walking excursions in different parts of the island.
Walk 1: Mount Teide. A full day excursion onto Mount Teide, with 3-4 hours walking on the mountain slopes (breathtaking views), and time to sightsee as well. A reasonably level route will be chosen by your walking guides, according to the weather on the day. Total distance 5-6 miles, reasonably level but at an altitude of around 8000ft.
Walk 2: Anaga. Your second excursion is to the north east of the island, for a walk in the Rural Park of Anaga, situated in the north east of the island, an area of volcanic cliffs and Laurisilva forests rich in wildlife. Total distance 4.4 miles with climbs of approx 300m.
Walk 3: Teno. The final included excursion is a full day trip to the extreme north west of the island, where the Teno area lies, by-passed by the traffic and seemingly by time itself. You walk in the hills above Garachico, whose harbour was filled in by a lava flow in the 18th century. This is a full day excursion, with 3-4 hours walking and time for other exploring, too. Total distance 5 miles with climbs of approx 350m.
Apart from your three included excursions, you are free to relax and enjoy the extensive facilities of your hotel, or to explore Tenerife, either independently or on an optional excursion, as you prefer.
Day Eight: Free time until your transfer to the airport for your return flight.
Hotel Blue Sea Costa Jardin & Spa ****, Puerto de la Cruz
Previously called Diverhotel Tenerife Spa & Garden. the hotel stands on the edge of Puerto de la Cruz, a 25 minute walk to the seaside promenade (free courtesy bus 6 days a week during the day).There are views to Mount Teide, the sea, and the Orotava valley from the hotel’s extensive tropical gardens (1500sqm). Rooms have bath/shower, wc, hairdryer, satellite tv, safety deposit box (charge applies), minibar, and balcony or terrace. There is an outdoor pool, spa (charges apply), poolside bar, entertainment programme, buffet restaurant, and lounge area (limited free wifi). Prices are based on standard rooms. Rooms with a view of Mount Teide are available at a supplement. (www.blueseahotels.com/en)
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